Ellis boosts Pacers past Mavs 112-105 in return to Dallas

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The Indiana Pacers' Monta Ellis (11) battles the Dallas Mavericks' David Lee, right, and Chandler Parsons (25) for space during the first half on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Pacers won, 112-105. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 17 points in his return to Dallas, Paul George had 18 of his 20 in the second half and the Indiana Pacers extended the Mavericks’ longest losing streak of the season to five games with a 112-105 victory Saturday.

Ellis got a warm greeting in his first visit since the end of last season, when he was the first leading scorer not named Dirk Nowitzki for Dallas since 2000. He signed with Indiana as a free agent.

George Hill hit three 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help keep the Pacers in front in their third straight victory.

Nowitzki scored 30 points to lead the Mavericks, who are three games into a nine-game stretch of opponents currently with winning records.